Until you’ve been to a photo shoot you might not realize much of it is make-believe! That’s one of my favorite parts of our photo shoots—having the chance to watch a space transform with the clever use of lights, props and the expertise of a photographer and team.

Sure, it looks like a cozy bed with a pretty pillow made by Sherry McCary.

But here’s what it took to put the scene together….

Stylist Andrea Huffman fluffs up the ruffles before the final photo is taken.

Next, we chose a neutral colored chair and pretty blue background for Eileen’s cover project.

Andrea carefully arranges the fringe on the pillow while Steve Woods focuses on some close-up shots.

The team examines the photos to make sure we have a cover shot.

You’re going to want to read Eileen’s article, Jumbo Monograms to learn how to stitch the pillow. She managed to stitch an embroidery design larger than her hoop. No, that’s not a typo! Read her article to find out how she accomplished this seemingly impossible task.

Plus, as an extra incentive, our friends at Embroidery Arts are offering a special coupon offer for the Arabesque 9 XL embroidery design used on the pillow. Details are in the magazine.

Diane Kron made these Springtime Place Mats. They are a great way to welcome the arrival of Spring! As thirst-quenching as the tea looks, I wouldn’t recommend it. Remember, props are often make-believe!

Katherine Artine’s projects are always eye-candy! This wall hanging project features software techniques, tips for working with organza and steps to create free standing heart appliques. What fun!

Here’s a table runner made by Sue Ann Obremski featuring mitered borders. It’s a very educational article you won’t want to miss. In fact, it looks like one of our little friends, Peter, is reading up on the software techniques!

Ever feel like the embroidery hoops are getting bigger and bigger… and as much as you love the idea of a larger sewing field, you can’t afford a new machine? JoAnn Connolly’s column, 4” x 4” & Fabulous addresses this challenge by offering projects that fit within a 4” x 4” sewing field.

We were enamored with these Pretty Petit Fours JoAnn submitted. It’s easy to imagine handing them out to special friends and family. After the candy is long gone (by the way, Denise ate all the candy after the photo shoot), the boxes can be repurposed to hold other small treasures.

Stylist Andrea Huffman unwraps the project and props.

The candy and boxes are carefully arranged.

The scene looks complete and ready to be photographed!

Now’s the perfect time for Denise to add her special touch!

Peter enjoys the view from Petit Fours Central Park.

Francis is a strong supporter of machine embroidery. He has dedicated his life to spreading awareness of the craft.

Of course, it’s not all fun and games at the photo shoot. Well, maybe it is sometimes. There’s something about white beadboard that excites Denise.

Meanwhile, Creative Director, Sam Solomon stays productive at the photo shoot!

Do you own a pair of boots? If you don’t you’ll want to pick up a pair after seeing these monogrammed boot socks by Marie Zinno.

Steve Woods and the model prepare for the next item—a button down shirt with symmetrical embroidery by Christy Burcham. Christy’s steps to achieve success have been proven! She recently mentioned she loved the shirt so much she whipped up a second sample for herself.

You might also notice the model is wearing slippers!

While much of the photo shoot looks make-believe, as you have witnessed, a lot of heart, planning and attention to detail goes in to each issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine. From the team of writers, to the team responsible for editing and laying out the pages and of course the team responsible for all the beautiful photography— every issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery represents months of work!

But wait, there’s more to see inside the issue! Be sure to pick up your copy of the January/February 2015 issue at your local dealer, JoAnn’s Fabrics or direct from Designs in Machine Embroidery.

## 198 COMMENTS

## Susanne Wiora

8 years agoI count 36 squares.

## Jo Ann Pfeiffer

8 years agoI count 27.

## Coral Snider

8 years agoI count 37.

## joy jackson

8 years agoI count 28 squares

## JUDY MAZZARI

8 years agoI only counted 27 I tried to figure out how people got into the 30’s or my old eyes just don’t see good anymore…

## Donna Fecteau

8 years ago34

## Donna Fecteau

8 years agosorry! It’s 35

## Karen McDonner

8 years agoI’m only counting 34!

## Karen McDonner

8 years agoActually, I recounted again and get 36! Great puzzle!

## Joan

8 years agoI COUNT 35!!!

## Pat

8 years agoLoved reading all about this months photo shoot. Looks like lot’s of fun besides very talented people working with you.

I counted 36 Squares in the puzzle. Very clever.

## Joyce Ross

8 years agoI count 34.

## Renee Bell

8 years agoI counted 40 squares

## Zoe

8 years agoI count 27 also … be interesting to see your answer .. 😉

## Kathleen De Verville

8 years agoI counted 26 squares

## Sherrie

8 years agoI found 36.

## Sharon Sanchez

8 years ago36

## Carol Krencik

8 years agoI count 29-5

## Anne Marie Reilly

8 years agoI got 36

## Jennifer P

8 years agoi count 36

## Jennifer Johnson

8 years agoThere are 40 squares.

## Erma Desper

8 years agothere are 40 squares

## Susan J

8 years agoI must be a loser… I can only see 26. It’s okay, I have never been good with puzzles like this. My husband, the engineer, will probably see it right away.

## Belinda Germain

8 years agoThere are 40 squares, but many more if you counted rectangles too!

## Judy Goshy

8 years agoI saw 25. Seems I

Need to cross my eyes and look again.

## Judy Goshy

8 years agoOk I saw 33. Darn, where are the others? You gals are good.

## Donna

8 years agoI am with you I only saw 33. Fun game! Way to go ladies!

## Joyce Fike

8 years agoI counted 34 !!

## Kelly Wood

8 years agoI count 27

## karen arnold

8 years agoI see 27 squares.

## Lester Ann Jensen

8 years agoI counted 27.

## Ed Newbold

8 years agoIt is 36.

## Janet

8 years agoanswer is > 10 and < 300

That's the best I can do today 🙂

## Claudia

8 years ago17 squares that are not overlapped.

## Cathi Thomas

8 years agoThere are 40 squares.

## Vicki L in MN

8 years agoI see 35 so I must be missing something.

## Dottie Kirkwood

8 years agoI found 40 squares. Had to count twice. LOL

## Dottie Kirkwood

8 years agoMy favorite stitch to use in Crazy Quilting is the one that looks like an over-sized asterisk/tiny snowflake. If one pays close attention while stitching, the center line stitches in the ditch but the spokes catch both fabrics = pretty.

## Dennis Howard Kyne

8 years agoI count 35 squares Drawn on the paper 1 for the boarder around in the photo if that counts.

## Pat Mueller

8 years ago36

## Beth

8 years agoI would have to say 27. I sure hope you show them numbered afterwards. I am real curious where the other squares are! I don’t see it!

## Angela

8 years ago27

## maria elna

8 years agoI get36

## Linda W

8 years ago40 squares

## Kathryn

8 years ago36 squares

## Pam Benefield

8 years agoI see 36

## Janice Vilgats

8 years agoI see 30 squares.

## Cathy

8 years agoI count 36!

## Cathy

8 years agoOK – counted again – 38

## Marcia a Nation

8 years agoi find 36. Great mind jogger.

## Danie Duchesne

8 years agoI cou ted 34 square. Looking forward receivibg this magazine!

## Debbie

8 years ago41!

## RSM

8 years ago40

## Wendy Huss

8 years agoI count 36.

## Susan Graham

8 years agoI can only count 16 squares and I am also looking to receiving this magazine. I have really enjoyed the articles during my current subscription period and the blogs.

## Bonnie Gray

8 years ago36!

## Susan Graham

8 years agoI can only count 16 squares and I am also looking forward to receiving this magazine. I have really enjoyed the articles during my current subscription period and the blogs.

## Cathie Scanlon

8 years ago34

## Darlene Garee

8 years ago34squares

## Judy

8 years agoI am going with 36 as well!

## tammy wright

8 years agoI only see 26 true squares.

## Florence Daly

8 years agoI found 35

## Lynda

8 years ago36 squares

## Florence Daly

8 years agoI found 36

## Barbara J. Frangella

8 years agoThere are 24 squares

## Beverly Schulte

8 years agoI counted 37!

## Marcia

8 years agoI count 39

## Sarah McKinney

8 years agoI counted 40

## Betsy Freeman

8 years agoI see 36!

## Diana

8 years agoI count only 16

## Lynda J. Case

8 years ago24 squares

## Gail Beam

8 years agoThere are 40 squares.

## Tracey

8 years agoI count 40 squares.

## Lana L Jones

8 years agoI found 40 squares.

## Beth R

8 years agoI got 41. But then it is late . . .

## nicky

8 years agoI can only see 27 I sure hope you post the right answer

## Jane Scott

8 years ago35 squares

## joyce

8 years agoCan’t wait for the next issue looks like it is full of great ideas. Please post how you got the correct number of squares! This is a great puzzle my guess is 27

## susana M

8 years agoI counted 27,& that’s with my glasses on.

## Theresa Lindal

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## Theresa Lindal

8 years agoI counted 35 squares.

## Pat Scull

8 years agoI found 40 squares.

## Leslie

8 years agoI found 36 squares.

## Michelle H

8 years agoI ONLY COUNT 35!

## sue cleek

8 years ago36

## Anne

8 years agoI make it 40

## Ellen

8 years agoI count 36

## Mar

8 years agoI count 40

## Ellen

8 years agoI counted wrong it is 40

## Kate

8 years ago16 squares

## Cheryl

8 years agoI count 34

## Joyce Green

8 years agoI counted 27 squares.

## Carol Morris

8 years agoI counted 40!

## Gina Piazza

8 years agoI get 36…. Can’t wait to know what the ‘correct’ answer is!

## R. Edwin

8 years ago40

## Pam Dunbar

8 years ago27

## Barbara brady

8 years agoI count 31

## Diane Cockman

8 years agoI counted 26 squares.

## Barbara Rebman

8 years agoI counted 37 squares.

## Anne West

8 years agoI found 40

## Nancy N

8 years agoI found 40.

## Janice Then

8 years agoI counted 35

## Valerie Gwara

8 years agoI count 40 squares

## Mary Garland

8 years agoI count 40!

## Patty

8 years agoI found 36 squares.

## Sharon

8 years agoI count 26.

## Joy Carroll Miller

8 years agoI counted 40! Good puzzle!!

## Celine POLETTI

8 years agoI’ve foud 36 squares, it was funny to play with, thank you. Céline from France

## Maureen Angers

8 years agoI counted 40. Pick me pick me!

## Colleen Gee

8 years agoI got 40!

## Lissette Mattern

8 years ago41 squares. Good game.

## Meghan M.

8 years agoI count 40 =)

## Lois D.

8 years agoI counted 36. How did people get 40???

## Mary Dinkfeld

8 years agoI count 36

## Kandice

8 years agoI counted 35 squares.

## Lori E

8 years agoEek – I can only see 27!

## Mary S

8 years agoThere are 33 squares. Of course there would be more if it included rectangles.

## Patty Hockman

8 years ago36

## Judith Stalcup

8 years agoI count 16 squares!

## Judith Stalcup

8 years agoI’d like to change that to 18 squares!

## PCheatwood

8 years ago24

## Colleen

8 years agoI count 36

## Judy Reves

8 years ago24

## Amy M

8 years ago41

## Amy M

8 years agoCorrection 37

## Rebecca Hunt

8 years agoI guess….44 squares

## Denyse Rose

8 years agoI get 31 counting ALL the squares only.

## Pat Bailey

8 years agoI see only 33.

## Carol K.

8 years agoI count 35!!!!

## Esther Hopland

8 years agoI counted27 squares

## Barb Grant

8 years agoI counted 31. Loved the magazine preview!

## Sue Y

8 years ago40

## Nancy Weber

8 years agoI find 40 squares. Love the jumbo monograms. Hugs. Nan

## Gwynn McKenzie

8 years ago34

## Karen

8 years agoI find 36.

## Cindy Masek

8 years ago36! I’m sure!

## Barb Grant

8 years agoI’m going crazy! I recounted and got 44!

## Cathy

8 years agoI think there are 36. Can’t wait to try the pillow for my girls!

## Pam

8 years ago36

You have an amazing crew

## Margarita

8 years agoI count 36 squares.

## Enis Blizman

8 years agoI see 40 and can’t wait to receive my Jan/Feb issue if DIME.

## Barbara McKenzie

8 years ago40!

## Joan Luiz

8 years agoI get 36 squares.

## Dawn Miller

8 years ago36

## Amy

8 years ago37

## Colleen

8 years ago40

## Bev Wilson

8 years ago27

## Barbara

8 years agoI count 26.

## Sandra Douglas

8 years agoI count 34 squares.

## Veronica

8 years agoIt took a few days, but I see 40 squares. Can’t wait for the answer.

## Debi

8 years agoI count 36 squares

## Sandy Jackson

8 years agoI count 46.

## Eve

8 years agoI counted 27 squares

## Christine Monical

8 years agoI count 40.

## Kristi D.

8 years agoI get 40 Hope I win

## Karen P

8 years agoI count 32

## LeAnne L

8 years agoI found 40.

## Dorrie

8 years agoI think there are 40 squares

## Dorrie

8 years agoWoops! I now see 43 squares!

Dorrie in Australia.

Talk about spots before the eyes.

I’m now seeing squares!

## Barbara Wolcott

8 years agoI count 33

## Dorrie

8 years agoWhat!! Are they having babies?

I can now see 49 squares.

Dorrie Melbourne Ausralia

## Lynn

8 years agoThere are 36 squares.

## Lucinda

8 years agoI have counted 40 squares – thinking outside the box.

## Lorena O'Daniel

8 years agoFor me,,,, 37 squares

## Marie

8 years ago36, I think!

## JudiC

8 years agoFinal answer (after several counts) is 40.

## Elaine

8 years agoI kept coming up with different answers but I’m sticking with 40 squares.

## Margaret E. Hartman

8 years agoI believe that there are 16 squares. I know everyone else has much larger answers, but that’s what I think it is.

## Martha Lewis

8 years agoI count 35,I am anxious to here the answer what a fun puzzle thanks

## Marie Hipple

8 years agoI counted 33, Was a fun puzzle.

## Carolyn Kuhn

8 years agoI counted 36 squares.

## April

8 years agoI see 33 and by the way bets issue yet

## Debbie

8 years agoI see 41.

## Judie Renfrow

8 years agoI counted 24

## Cindy

8 years agoI count 39 without the outside border. Only included the things surrounded in blue and no rectangles. If you count rectangles, I am getting at least 48 more. Now I’m blind and cross eyed.

## Celeste B

8 years agoI get 36

## Fran Lopes

8 years ago27 blocks appear to me.

## Marie Williams

8 years ago27

## Audra G

8 years agoI count 36 squares.

## Doreen

8 years agoI found 36 so far. Still got 36

## Sue H

8 years agoI finally found 40

## Debra Kay Neiman

8 years ago40 squares. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

## beth

8 years agoI count 24 squares.

## Kathy

8 years agoI count 31

## Elizabeth C.

8 years agoI believe it is 32 squares. Hope I counted right.

## Kristal

8 years agoI count 36

## Lawanda M

8 years agoI count 16

## Cindy Mintz

8 years ago40

## Victoria

8 years agoI count 19 full squares

## Sherry Carden

8 years ago24

## Carol Myers

8 years agoI counted 31 hope I saw them all

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I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he’ll have a good

read. Thanks for sharing!

## GU

8 years agoFirst off I would like to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question which

I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center

yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing.

I’ve had a tough time clearing my mind in getting

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Thanks!

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## kk

8 years agoMy bid is 27. tx!!

## Danny

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## Bruce

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